Special episode – Necronomicon 2017 panel on pulp versus pure panel

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Necronomicon 2017 Pulp Versus Pure Call of Cthulhu

We’re back with another special episode we recorded at Necronomicon 2017. This time it’s the Pulp Versus Pure panel that took place on the Friday morning. Paul Fricker and Lynne Hardy defend the purity of Call of Cthulhu with Elder and Voorish signs aplenty. Dan Kramer and Chris Lackey swing into action to promulgate pulp with both fists. Mike Mason moderates and risks getting caught in the crossfire.

L-R: Paul, Lynne, Mike, Chris and Dan.

On the off-chance you don’t recognise all of these names, let’s quickly explain who everyone apart from Paul is. Lynne Hardy is the former line developer for Modiphius’ Achtung! Cthulhu game line and current freelance writer for Chaosium. Dan Kramer — better known as Keeper Dan — is one of the co-hosts of the Miskatonic University Podcast. Chris Lackey is the co-host of the H P Lovecraft Literary Podcast. Mike Mason is the line editor of Call of Cthulhu and a regular guest on The Good Friends of Jackson Elias. But you knew that.

Thank you to Derek Robertson of Mysteries of Montreal for letting us use his photograph of the event.

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Episode 113 – The Good Friends solve the puzzle of Hellraiser

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Hellraiser

We’re back and we have such sights to show you. Or tell you. Can you really tell a sight? You can tell of it, but does that really convey the same visceral impact? This is all getting rather tortuous, appropriately enough. Regardless of which orifices you use to receive us, we are here to tell you all about Clive Barker’s 1987 horror film, Hellraiser. We discussed two other Barker films — Nightbreed and Lord of Illusions — back in episode 68, but Hellraiser was where it all started. Sort of.

Or it might have started with a few drops of spilt blood.

Main Topic: Hellraiser

While Barker had made two short films — Salomé and The Forbidden — and written two largely forgettable features — Underworld and Rawhead RexHellraiser was his first major outing as a film director. On the back of Barker’s soaring reputation as a writer, Hellraiser was touted as the future of horror. While this is pretty standard hype, the film has remained an enduring favourite for 30 years. It also spawned an enduring franchise and established Pinhead as a horror icon.

Although if he agrees with Barker’s opinions on his name, calling him “Pinhead” will only make your torment worse.

Hellraiser has grown into an ever-expanding mythology, spanning 9 films, a comic series and several books. We focus on the first film, for now, pretending the rest of the canon doesn’t exist. That said, we make a few comparisons to the source novella, The Hellbound Heart, also written by Barker. There is a great deal to be said about the larger mythos of the Cenobites and their attendant horrors, but it is too much to fit in a single episode. If you would like us to do a follow-up, please let us know. You can use the Contact Us form or Social Media links on this site to do so.

Or if you solve the right puzzle box, we will come to you.

Of course, we also sink our analytical hooks into the film, tearing out great, bloody chunks of gaming meat. Hellraiser was one of the major inspirations for Kult, which we discussed way back in episode 31. Here, however, we focus more on what we can steal for our Call of Cthulhu games.

The Cenobites aren’t the only entities that wish to take you beyond the limits of human experience.

Necronomicon

We’re not long back from the Necronomicon convention, where we had a wonderful time. There is so much to say about it that we shall have to record a special episode. Keep an eye out in your feed for that as well as recordings of the seminars on which we appeared. You can already download our joint episode with our good friends at the Miskatonic University Podcast. We have also released some short videos of our visit to Providence, and Paul posted a whole bunch of photos to our Twitter feed.

We didn’t spend all our time in the pub, not that the photographic evidence supports this.

Speaking of Necronomicon, Paul asked a number of Lovecraftian luminaries to sign his convention programme. He has put it on eBay to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Please take a look if you fancy snapping up something unique and giving money to a good cause! If you would like more information, Paul has posted further details of who the signatories are.

Other News

While we were in Providence, we heard the delightful news that Call of Cthulhu had done rather well at the ENnie Awards. A good number of projects we were involved with won gold awards, and we would like to thank everyone who voted for them! We just wish that Gen Con and Necronomicon hadn’t fallen on the same weekend so we could have been there in person. Congratulations to Chaosium and to Stygian Fox for their well-deserved success!

All three of us will be attending the Concrete Cow convention in Milton Keynes on Saturday the 16th of September. It’s walking distance for one of us, so it would be rude not to! Concrete Cow is a fun, friendly little one-day convention, and we would love to see you there. Doors open at 9 AM, with the first game starting at 10 AM. Admission is £5.

And speaking of upcoming events, we will also be taking part in the Milton Keynes Literary Festival later this month. All three of us, along with Mike Mason, will host a panel about the connection between roleplaying games and weird fiction. This will take place at 7 PM on Monday the 25th, at the Holiday Inn in Central Milton Keynes. Admission is free. We will offer some short demo games afterwards.

Scott will also be interviewing local fantasy author AFE Smith about the influence of real-world politics on her fiction. This will take place at the Holiday Inn at 7 PM on Saturday the 23rd. Admission is £5.

Other Stuff

In keeping with the theme of transcendental experiences that lie between torture and ecstasy, we sing again in this episode. Two new souls have called upon us by backing us at the $5 level on Patreon. We’ll tear their names apart.

There are a couple of recent backers we really should link to, as they produce interesting things that will appeal to our listeners. The Esoteric Order of Roleplayers is an actual-play podcast that covers a wide range of games and has a healthy back-catalogue. We were also backed recently by Daupo, who some of us met at Necronomicon. He creates wonderfully nightmarish artworks, many with Lovecraftian themes, which can be purchased from his website.

Daupo figurines

Some of Daupo’s eldritch creations.

 

 

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Signed Necronomicon Program Charity Auction

Necronomicon, the HP Lovecraft festival was held in Providence, RI, August 2017. While there I had a host of people sign my program, which I’m now selling in aid of charity.

The program is signed by:

Andrew Leman, Sean Branney, Kevin Stidham (actor) and Darrell Tutchton (illustrator) of the HPLHS. For more information about each of these individuals check out the bios on their website.

Nicolas Nicario (graphic designer at Chaosium) and Mike Mason (Call of Cthulhu line editor).

Reber Clark, musician and composer for the HPLHS and HPPodcraft.

Keeper Dan, Keeper Murph and Keeper Chad of the Miskatonic University Podcast.

Niels-Viggo Hobbs, director of the Necronomicon festival.

Jason Eckhardt, illustrator for such works as The Fungi from Yuggoth.

Brian Courtemanche, author of numerous works for Call of Cthulhu (Atomic-Age Cthulhu, House of R’lyeh, etc).

Badger McInnes, graphic designer and games designer.

Christopher Smith Adair, author and editor of many works for Call of Cthulhu and related games.

Lynne Hardy, author and editor of many works for Call of Cthulhu and related games, including the upcoming revised Masks of Nyarlathotep.

Randall Padilla of Skype of Cthulhu.

Greig Johnson, actor. Check him out in the fantastic Lovecraftian shorts on YouTube (with Chris Lackey).

The hosts of the podcast The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Paul Fricker, Matt Sanderson and Scott Dorward.

You can find the eBay auction here.

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Unedited version of Necronomicon 2017 podcast recording

We had a request for an unedited version of the live podcast we did with the Miskatonic University Podcast, so here it is. The version we released previously has some inserts from Paul where he describes what precisely Chad is doing with all those puppets. It also uses the audience questions from the MUP’s recording, as theirs did a better job of capturing what people asked.

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Final videos from our US visit

A little later than planned, but we have the final two videos from our recent visit to Providence and New York City. First, here is a look at the Hamilton House on Angell Street in Providence, mentioned in passing in The Shunned House. This was part of our Lovecraftian tour of Providence and should have been included with our first batch of videos, but I managed to miss it first time round.

Then, moving on to New York City, we have a brief look inside The Compleat Strategist, where we were carrying out a signing. The Strategist is legendary in New York, and was my friendly local game store for much of the 1980s. It was wonderful to be back there.

 

 

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